Beginning today through Friday, Aug. 17, NIPSCO and contracted crews from NPL will be installing a new natural gas system at 501 Fisher St. in Munster, Indiana. This project is part of NIPSCO’s ongoing infrastructure modernization plan.
Residents and businesses near the Munster, Indiana, and Lansing, Illinois area may observe a 30-foot flare, distinguishable audible noise, and experience natural gas odors in the air as a result of this routine procedure.
The project is scheduled to run intermittently from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., weather permitting. Customers are not expected to experience any interruptions to their existing natural gas service.
Please exercise caution as you travel near any construction zone to ensure personal safety and the safety of construction crews working on this project.
For your safety, NIPSCO encourages anyone who may detect natural gas odors, regardless of whether or not they suspect it’s related to this project, to call 1-800-4-NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726). A service technician will be sent to check the safety of the area.
Detecting a Gas Leak
Since natural gas is colorless and odorless, NIPSCO adds a harmless, non-toxic chemical that makes it easier to detect a gas leak before it can create a hazardous situation. The chemical, called mercaptan, smells a lot like rotten eggs.
When You Smell Gas Outside
If you suspect a leak outside, turn off and abandon any motorized equipment you might be using:
· Leave the area quickly
· Warn others to stay away from the area
· Remain outside until NIPSCO can send someone to check on the source of the odor
· An odor of gas outside your home should be reported just as you would report an inside odor. Gas leaks from service lines could migrate into your home through walls or drain lines.
For more safety-related information, visit NIPSCO.com/StaySafe.